Articles written by: Jacob Degen Atkins

Jacob Degen Atkins

Jacob Degen Atkins is a multimedia journalist committed to covering progressive international politics in the digital era. Previously he lived in Madrid where he taught English, freelanced for Vera Content, and wrote issue briefs for Law Street Media. He often writes about American foreign policy in Latin America and immigration debates in the U.S. Some past projects include producing a non-profit documentary in Haiti eight months after the 2010 earthquake and reporting on student demonstrations in Santiago, Chile.

Denounce Ornithologist for Killing Endangered Bird

Denounce Ornithologist for Killing Endangered Bird

Moments after the rare male mustache kingfisher was identified and photographed for the first time in the Solomon Islands, it was euthanized. The ornithologist responsible tried to justify his actions for the sake of ¨research¨ even though less than 1,000 remain in the wild. Urge leading conservationists to not tolerate such unethical scientific practices.

Support NFL Player in Issuing Subpoena Against Trump

Support NFL Player in Issuing Subpoena Against Trump

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to pursue a subpoena against Donald Trump for the president’s alleged collusion with NFL owners to oust him. Such an order would require Trump to testify in court. Sign the petition to demand the U.S. president face the consequences of his alleged actions.

Protect Napa Valley from Environmental Degradation

Protect Napa Valley from Environmental Degradation

Longtime Napa Valley locals, conservationists and business owners fear that agricultural development is endangering the cherished California lands. Many attribute this to corporate greed within the lucrative wine industry. Sign the petition to urge companies to limit their amount of environmental exploitation.

Law Enforcement: Stop Responding to Mental Health Issues with Violence

Law Enforcement: Stop Responding to Mental Health Issues with Violence

Following the publication of two tweets perceived as suicidal, police reportedly raided Chelsea Manning’s home in Bethesda, Maryland to perform a ‘wellness check’ with weapons drawn. As the whistleblower and aspiring senator said, this is what it’s like living in a police state. Sign the petition to urge police departments to replace militarized tactics with compassion for people with mental illness or suicidal ideation.

Dismiss Border Patrol Agent Who Allegedly Detained Women for Speaking Spanish

Dismiss Border Patrol Agent Who Allegedly Detained Women for Speaking Spanish

Two women were allegedly detained by a U.S. Border Patrol agent for speaking Spanish at a store in rural Montana. They were lawful American citizens who were racially profiled during a midnight run for milk and eggs. Sign the petition to demand the dismissal of the officer involved.

Demand Justice for Family Offered Four Dollars Following Man’s Death

Demand Justice for Family Offered Four Dollars Following Man’s Death

A man was shot dead through his garage doors by police following a noise complaint. His family was offered $4 ($1 for the suffering of each of his own three children, and $1 for funeral expenses) in compensation, and the amount later became four cents when courts officials ruled that Hill was 99 percent responsible for his own death. Denounce this institutional racism and demand real justice.

Success: Rhode Island Passes New Gun Safety Laws

Success: Rhode Island Passes New Gun Safety Laws

Rhode Island is taking decisive action to prevent future gun tragedies. These initiatives are the appropriate responses in the midst of a national gun violence epidemic. Congratulate the Ocean State governor for these reformist measures while urging continued action.

Save the Endangered Pacific Marten from Extinction

Save the Endangered Pacific Marten from Extinction

Considered extinct for 50 years, the Pacific marten reappeared in 1996, yet continues to face threats of extinction. At the core of the problem is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s unwillingness to classify them as an endangered species. Sign the petition to urge government officials to put this rare species back on the list.

Promote the Conservation of Cuckoo Bees

Promote the Conservation of Cuckoo Bees

According to The Wildlife Society, the cuckoo bee has suddenly reappeared in western Canada for the first time. Even though they may be a ¨social parasite¨ based on their ability to infiltrate hives, they’re indicative of an area’s biological health. Sign the petition to convince Canadian politicians to continue tracking their migration.

Forbid Congress from Shutting Down Sex Workers’ Bank Accounts

Forbid Congress from Shutting Down Sex Workers’ Bank Accounts

Independent sex workers are facing uncertainty as Congress attempts to pass broad legislation enabling banks to shut down their accounts. This is the latest poorly defined political initiative in an ongoing campaign against human trafficking. Sign the petition to convince lawmakers to redefine their targets.

Success: Ireland Lifts Constitutional Ban on Abortions

Success: Ireland Lifts Constitutional Ban on Abortions

Irish citizens recently voted to overturn a constitutional ban on abortion. Sign the petition to congratulate organizers for this monumental breakthrough in women’s rights and reproductive health.

Demand Justice for Woman Allegedly Killed by U.S. Border Patrol

Demand Justice for Woman Allegedly Killed by U.S. Border Patrol

A 20-year-old woman was reportedly shot dead by U.S. border patrol agents. With violence against undocumented immigrants reaching unprecedented levels, urge officials at Customs and Border Protection to punish the man involved by signing the petition.

Prosecute Trump for Violating Constitution

Prosecute Trump for Violating Constitution

The popularity of Trump’s hotel chain among political visitors has sparked questions of whether the president is unconstitutionally accepting payments from foreign governments. Sign the petition to hold Trump accountable for his alleged unfair business advantage in the DC-metro area.

Ban Synthetic Pesticides

Ban Synthetic Pesticides

Switzerland could become the second country in the world to completely prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides. However, lobbyists and industry officials are expected to try to stop this leap forward so they can continue using poisonous products as long as possible. Sign the petition below to assist Swiss citizens in banning pesticides.

NYPD: No More Marijuana Arrests

NYPD: No More Marijuana Arrests

The New York City mayor wants the NYPD to refrain from arresting people for smoking marijuana in public. This announcement comes as the city begins to address the troubling racial disparities in drug enforcement over low-level offenses. Pressure the NYPD chief to change police operations by signing the petition.

Protect Earth’s Ozone from Hazardous Gases

Protect Earth’s Ozone from Hazardous Gases

Despite an international ban under the Montreal Protocol, atmospheric levels of CFC-11 (chlorofluorocarbon) have been on the rise. Originally this gas was used in refrigeration systems beginning in the 1930s. Now it is responsible for creating a massive hole in the ozone. Sign the petition to motivate the United Nations Environment Programme to take action.

Justice for Black Teenager Allegedly Beaten by Police and Mall Security

Justice for Black Teenager Allegedly Beaten by Police and Mall Security

A 17-year-old African American teenager was allegedly pinned to the ground and punched in the face for refusing to engage with law enforcement officers outside of a mall in Wisconsin. Now activists are demanding the police officer involved be fired. Join the campaign against police brutality and encourage his dismissal by signing the petition below.

Trump: Don’t Threaten to Overthrow North Korea

Trump: Don’t Threaten to Overthrow North Korea

Following Kim Jong-un’s cancellation of the North and South Korea summit, the North Korean leader is now threatening to scrap an upcoming meeting with the U.S. State Department over Trump’s recent demands: to hand over his nuclear arsenal or face a governmental takeover. Sign the petition to convince Trump that diplomacy should take precedence over military aggression.

Success: Charges Filed Against Mink Farm Accused of Animal Cruelty

Success: Charges Filed Against Mink Farm Accused of Animal Cruelty

A mink farm in southwestern Ontario faces 14 counts of animal abuse after an undercover investigation revealed ¨filthy¨ living conditions. Footage appeared to show distressed minks with neglected open wounds in maggot-ridden environments. Sign the petition to congratulate the animal welfare organization for initiating the formal charges and bringing justice to the victims of the global fur industry.

Peacocks Plucked of Feathers at Zoo Deserve Justice

Peacocks Plucked of Feathers at Zoo Deserve Justice

Two peacocks reportedly died from shock after a family plucked their feathers at a zoo. The tourists were some of many visitors allowed to interact with animals at Chinese animal parks. Sign the petition to encourage the Chinese president to create new policies forbidding zoo patrons from having contact with animals.

Success: Breeder Accused of Abusing Over 80 Pets Banned From Owning Animals

Success: Breeder Accused of Abusing Over 80 Pets Banned From Owning Animals

More than 80 cats and dogs were removed from a breeding facility where they reportedly suffered from neglect and infection. The owner was recently banned from owning pets for the next seven years. Sign the petition below to thank Canadian authorities for protecting more animals from becoming victims of this alleged abuser.

Stop Downplaying Rape Offenses

Stop Downplaying Rape Offenses

Five men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman during Spain’s Running of the Bulls festival recently received light sentences for ‘abuse’ rather than rape. According to Spanish criminal code, violence and intimidation must be present in order to prosecute people for rape charges. Prompt Spanish lawmakers to expand the legal definition of rape by signing the petition below.

Punish Writer for Inciting Racist Smear Campaign Against Black Student

Punish Writer for Inciting Racist Smear Campaign Against Black Student

American University’s first black female student government president recently filed a federal lawsuit against Andrew Anglin of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. He stands accused of inciting online harassment that was so severe it led to her resignation and post-traumatic stress diagnosis. Motivate legal experts to bring justice to the student by signing the petition below.

Trump: Grant Clemency to Grandmother Serving Unfair Life Sentence

Trump: Grant Clemency to Grandmother Serving Unfair Life Sentence

A 62-year-old woman who temporarily helped distribute cocaine is 21 years into serving life in prison without chance of parole. She is one of many African Americans unjustly incarcerated over first-time nonviolent drug offenses. Sign the petition below to urge U.S. President Donald Trump to grant her clemency.

Drop Charges Against Activists Involved in Turkey Rescue

Drop Charges Against Activists Involved in Turkey Rescue

Animal rights activists are being wrongfully accused of theft and face up to ten years in prison after rescuing three turkeys from an industrial farm. Even after exposing a potential hepatitis outbreak among the turkeys, they’re being prosecuted as criminals to the fullest extent. Implore the corporation’s CEO to overturn their conviction by signing the petition.

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